Sutter Health Indirect Purchasers Vie For Cert. In $489M Suit

Law360, San Francisco (July 2, 2020, 9:56 PM EDT) -- Health insurance plan purchasers seeking $489 million from Sutter Health on claims they overpaid because the hospital chain violated antitrust laws told a California federal judge during a hearing Thursday that their renewed class certification bid isn't doomed by a dispute over calculating damages.

The proposed class of indirect purchasers alleging Sutter Health's anti-competitive behavior forced health plans to use its overpriced hospitals and gouged them with inflated hospital costs urged U.S. Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler not to let a damages allocation dispute stand in the way of hundreds of thousands, if not millions of class members' recoupment of damages foisted...

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